194 THE EGYPTIAN PROBLEM CH:AJE>.
what steps they consider necessary to restore tranquillity and content."
This announcement was the result of consultations with two groups of leading Egyptians who had called on him that morning, one consisting of all the Ministers in the late Cabinet, and the other of the members of the Cairo Committee of Independence. General AUenby urged on both groups the necessity of arriving at some understanding with a view to the formation of a new Cabinet. He met with some response. The ex-Ministers were willing to resume office, for they felt that things could not be expected to improve so long as administrative chaos prevailed. But their way must at least be smoothed by the release of the interned Four, an essential prelude to the return of normal conditions. The same view was put forward still more emphatically by the members of the Committee of Independence. Ex-Ministers and Com-mitteemen were ready to give a solemn undertaking that on those conditions they would work towards the restoration of good will, reserving the solution of the larger problems of future policy until passions had calmed down. Only the release of Zaghlul and his companions was to be the first step. General AUenby himself was by this time quite convinced that he could not hope for the co-operation of any Egyptian Cabinet until the measure which had immediately provoked the upheaval was repealed. He promised to communicate the views expressed to him to His Majesty's Government, and he presumably gave them Ms own strong support. For on April 7th a Proclamation appeared in which General Allenby announced " in agreement with H.H. the Sultan " that there were " no restrictions on freedom to travel " and that the four deportees to Malta would " be released from internment and given similar freedom of movement." On the following day Hussein B/ushdi Pasha, as Prime Minister, and most of his former colleagues resumed office. The few changes in the composition of the new Cabinet were unimportant.'s Budget for the compensation of inno sufferers, but it represents only a small part of the dan remaining at Assiut to restore order in that neighbourhood. . . . Major-General Sir John Shea is moving south from Wasta with a strong column of all arms, restoring order as he goes. . . ."